What happened to Misty Johnson?
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What happened to Misty Johnson?

Greenville : SC : USA | Sep 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM PDT
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Police Continue Looking For Missing Travelers Rest Woman

Greenville, South Carolina: Misty Johnson, 39, vanished sometime Thursday and her loved ones are anxious to locate her. There are some details in this case which indicate something bad might have happened to her, so their worries are being compounded with fear for her safety. She didn't show up for her job at the Carolina Ale House, which alerted her friends that something might not be right. Described as "anal" by one of her friends, it is out of her character to blow off work or stay out of contact -- and most importantly: She wouldn't have left her purse at home with food left out when she left her home.

A friend and a neighbor of the missing woman reportedly entered her home and noticed that "things were out of order," among the fact that her belongings had been left behind. Her vehicle was also missing -- but it has since been located abandoned near her home. This immediately indicates that foul play is a likely theory in her disappearance.

Did someone kidnap and harm this missing woman? If so, then who would be most likely to do such a thing? Statistically, crimes against women are often committed by romantic partners in domestic violence situations. On the other hand, the presumed culprit could also be an acquaintance of another type. Given the fact that she works in a public place where she meets new people every day, it's also easy to speculate that a presumed suspect could have spotted her at work and followed her home to abduct, assault and/or kill her.

However, there is also the possibility that this woman left home on her own and did something to herself. There just aren't enough details available in her case on which to draw solid speculation. In the meantime, it would be interesting to get some answers to the numerous questions worth asking about the missing woman, such as: Did she live a high risk lifestyle? Was she involved in any illegal activity? Did she have a husband or former husband, or otherwise scorned lover that would stand to benefit from her disappearance in any way? How about her mental state: Did she suffer from depression or any other combination of issues that would render her a danger to herself?

These many questions may seem insensitive on the surface, but they are questions that any investigator that's worth his weight in flesh would be asking if he/she wanted to find this missing woman. Hopefully Misty Johnson is safe and this whole disappearance ordeal turns out to be a big misunderstanding, but since it has been several days without a sign of her it's hard to imagine a happy ending in this case.

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